Where to Celebrate Mother's Day 2023 in Portland

Pretty Pastries, Lilac Days, and More
May 3, 2023
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Treat your mom to a box of almost-too-pretty-to-eat baked goods from Farina Bakery. (Farina Bakery)
Your mother figure deserves only the best, so we've hand-picked the finest ways to honor her. Whether you want to bestow treats from Farina Bakery upon your mom or take her on a mini road trip to Lilac Days, you're sure to find a festive option here. 


Broder Söder List
With its cozy Scandinavian ethos, Nordic Northwest's in-house cafe is the perfect place to share a hygge morning or afternoon with your mom. The spot is hosting its annual Mother's Day brunch buffet Past Event List with hearty dishes ranging from aebleskiver (puffed Danish pancake balls) to Swedish meatballs and prime rib, as well as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. You'll also get to sip complimentary Broder Blend drip coffee alongside your meal. JB

Farina Bakery List
What mom wouldn't be delighted when presented with treats like marionberry pop tarts, flower-shaped linzer cookies, and Earl Grey shortbread? The cheerful cafe and bakeshop Farina Bakery has you covered with a Ted Lasso-esque pink box brimming with sweets and tied up with ribbon, a gift that's sure to earn you (ganache) brownie points. Other options include linzer cookie boxes and rainbow-hued macaron boxes. JB
Ladd's Addition

Masala Lab + Market List
You'll find inventive Indian-inspired brunch, lunch, and pastries at this restaurant from the team behind DesiPDX. For Mother's Day, they'll offer an exclusive chai tiramisu dessert special, featuring gluten-free ladyfingers soaked in a house-made chai concentrate and spiced rum, slathered with cardamom-spiced mascarpone, and topped with whipped cream, rose petals, and lemon zest. Pre-orders are not available and supplies are limited, so be sure to show up early to secure yours. As for savory fare, Masala Lab will also use the occasion to introduce a new seasonal vegetable frittata, served with cabbage-herb salad and yogurt raita. JB

Papa Haydn
Mother's Day brunch service at Papa Haydn is all booked up, but you can still shower your mom with goodies like carrot cake crunch granola, pastel meringue kisses, passionfruit berry tarts, and sugar cookies embedded with real pansies. Orders must be placed by Monday, May 8, and can be picked up between 1-10 pm on May 13 or 10 am-10 pm on May 14. JB
Nob Hill, Sellwood

The Sports Bra List
The nation's first bar and restaurant dedicated to women's sports is an apropos setting for celebrating maternal figures. Nosh on brunch dishes Past Event List like an asparagus and snap pea salad, savory sausage egg and cheese galettes, a family-style charcuterie board (with deviled eggs, salmon cakes, dill yogurt sauce, candied bacon, mini cranberry scones, whipped honey butter, and fresh berries), and sweet peach crisp, complemented by spring-ready sips like "Butterfly Kisses" (butterfly pea-infused gin, St. Germain, lemon, and simple syrup) and "Peachy Queen" (vodka, peach schnapps, lime, and cranberry). Add on a bundle of blooms from the Petal Dispatch for the full package. JB
Sullivan's Gulch


Unique Markets Past Event List
This stylish market of 150 emerging Portland brands and designers would be a sweet spot to walk off weekend brunch with your mama. Peruse trendy wares from up-and-coming brands like yello, Carry Courage, and HARARA, gulp down complimentary wine tasters and bottles of Topo Chico, customize your own tote bag, and hop in the photo booth to cement your cute memories. There are even VIP tickets with mom-approved perks, including drinks from Straightaway Cocktails and a gold-plated necklace, if you wanna #treatyourself (or #treatmom). LC
(May 13–14, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District)

Lilac Days Past Event List
Lilacs: They're not just purple anymore. Take in the intoxicating scent of the multi-hued beauties at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, a National Historic Site north of Vancouver. Named after German immigrant-turned-Washingtonian Hulda Klager, the garden farmhouse and gift shop will re-open after a pandemic closure with lilac plants and other floral goodies for sale. The event even promises a "new barn museum with exhibits [on the theme of] Hats from the Past." This has your mom's name written all over itLC
(Through May 14, Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, Woodland)

Bird Songs of Opera Past Event List    
Portland's "unconventional opera company" The Renegade Opera encourages you to trade your opera glasses for binoculars for an immersive concert featuring classic arias reimagined as Oregon bird calls. Stroll through the picturesque gardens with the songs of Puccini, Mozart, and Bizet performed in the style of the chickadee, steller's jay, and great horned howl. Maybe some real birds will join in to celebrate your mom, too! AV
(May 13–14, Leach Botanical Garden, Pleasant Valley)

Evil Woman: The American ELO Presents “The Electic Light Orchestra Experience” Past Event List
Take your favorite evil woman (kidding, we're sure your mom is lovely) down memory lane with a multi-media concert featuring the 1970s pop hits of Electric Light Orchestra. Twelve-piece tribute group Evil Woman will jam through chart toppers like "Mr. Blue Sky," "Roll Over Beethoven," and, of course, "Evil Woman" with a full orchestra. AV
(Sun May 14, Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
If you've come across the nameJeanne Dielman on your Twitter feed lately, it's for good reason—Chantal Akerman's 1975 drama was awarded the number one slot on Sight & Sound's 2022 critics' poll of the greatest films of all time. Conquering both Vertigo and Citizen Kane for the first time in 60 years, Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is the only film directed by a woman to ever reach a top ten position in the poll. The flick is the perfect choice for moms who tend toward the "arthouse cinema" end of the interest spectrum. Why not carve out a mere three-and-a-half hour to bask in its avant-garde, fiercely feminist glory together? LC
(Sun May 14, Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

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